Essays

Dear Americans:

Please stop hating anyone about anything. Just stop. We are not victims or rulers. We are partners in democracy. Our future depends equally on great unity and great diversity.

 

In 2020, I examined American egotism through the lens of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Now, the hatred only possible through extreme self-absorption is everywhere apparent again.

The Ego Experiment – Part 1: Collective Trouble

The Ego Experiment – Part 1: Collective Trouble

The highest-placed individual in the most cultivated age and population of the world, he has not the merit of common truth and honesty. He is unjust … egotistic and monopolizing … He is a boundless liar. … all his bulletins, are proverbs for saying what he wished to be believed …

The Ego Experiment – Part 2: Individual Resolve

The Ego Experiment – Part 2: Individual Resolve

Everyone has an ego — and you must believe in yourself to accomplish anything. As usual, it’s all a matter of degree. True narcissists are considered untreatable because they cannot admit imperfection and are expert at projecting their issues onto others.

As If Hope Matters: A Critique of Modern Storytelling

As If Hope Matters: A Critique of Modern Storytelling

Will Rogers called Colorado a grand seat from which to see the world, but on April 20, 1999, grief clouded our vision. Despair hung tenaciously in the thin air. For weeks, it seemed we had lost even the blue skies, full of promise, on which we rely. Perhaps relentless self-examination will yet restore the crystal clarity we often take for granted.

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